An inspiring day in San Francisco

Our members' plein air outing this month was a Bart trip across the bay to the San Francisco Ferry Building.  It was just a small group which included Carol Husslein, her husband Don, and Pat Strout.

It was a glorious day! Carol and Pat found a comfortable spot on the back side of the ferry building to sit and they ended up enjoying a long conversation - they had tea and talked for hours. How often do artists get to do that together?

They moved inside and shared cheese, meats, bread, olives and wine at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant...then chocolate! Neither artist actually made a mark on their paper all day, but they took plenty of reference photos to use later. 

Sometimes our plein air excursions are about socializing with fellow artists, sometimes it's all about getting in some quality painting time - but either way it's sure to be a lovely day in a location brimming with creative inspiration. Join us next month for a trip north to Cline Cellars in Sonoma - visit our Activities page for details.


August Sketch Night

Lynda Helen Weir
A small group of artists enjoyed a self-guided walking tour of historic homes in downtown Concord (click here for the map). Lots of sketchworthy architecture among these residential and commercial gems! Many thanks to CAA member Lynda for these photos.


Member Art Show at Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek

Each year, several CAA members hang their work in the Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek, which is part of John Muir Hospital. These paintings bring lots of color and happiness to the center's long hallway between the waiting room and the surgical suites.

Our show this year will be on display from August 8th through September 16th. The center is also accessible to the general public during their regular business hours - Monday through Friday, 7am - 6pm. The address is 133 La Casa Via, Suite 150, Walnut Creek. Parking is available in the adjacent garage.

The surgery staff, the patients and their families get so much pleasure from viewing the art - we're delighted to bring a little extra joy to people who are likely feeling anxious or stressed. Here are the featured artists:

  • Bobbe Anderson
  • Carol Husslein
  • Cathy McNutt
  • Claudia Bubeck
  • Jeslyn Cantrell
  • Julie Limberg
  • Kathleen Robinson
  • Mary Frances Crabtree
  • Michelle Cicala
  • Mike Kunka
  • MJ Coleman
  • Monica Meza
  • Pat Strout
  • Phyllis Brady
  • Sharon Petersen